[twitter]I am starting my presentation: Music Teacher 2.0 – Blogging Your Way to a Better Classroom[/twitter]
[twitter]Use #mt20 to add your thoughts/ideas throughout the presentation. We will be checking in![/twitter]
[twitter]How effective do you think blogging can be in improving a music classroom? Vote now: http://bit.ly/fmHt8n [/twitter]http://www.polleverywhere.com/multiple_choice_polls/MjA3NzkxMjA1Nw
[twitter]My definition of a blog? A tool for content creation and sharing. What is yours?[/twitter]
[twitter]Three characteristics of a good music classroom: Well-Prepared Teacher, Smoothly-Managed Program, **Engaged Students!**[/twitter]
[twitter]Each of these characteristics can be more easily achieved using blogging.[/twitter]
[twitter]Ways blogging can help professional development: Write a blog (share ideas/ask questions) or Read Blogs (read ideas/answer questions)[/twitter]
[twitter]Discussing RSS Feeds and Feed Readers. What is your favorite Feed Reader?[/twitter]
[twitter]What part of being a music teacher is the LEAST productive when it comes to actually teaching music? Vote now: http://bit.ly/gRBGOk[/twitter]http://www.polleverywhere.com/multiple_choice_polls/MjEyODExMjQxOQ
[twitter]Blogging can help distribute information to students and teachers–post a blog, subscribe your parents email addresses via RSS![/twitter]
[twitter]Ways to engage students using blogging: have them write a weekly blog about music class, have them comment on other blog posts[/twitter]
[twitter]Say hi, where you are from, and why you love Twitter to the #umiami Music Ed majors using tag #mt20! We are watching! #musedchat #musiced[/twitter]
[twitter]Which statement best describes your teaching situation? Vote now: http://bit.ly/efRmgS[/twitter]http://www.polleverywhere.com/multiple_choice_polls/LTY2MTQ3MTg5OQ
[twitter]After our conversation: How effective do you think blogging can be in improving a music classroom? http://bit.ly/h046bY[/twitter]http://www.polleverywhere.com/multiple_choice_polls/MTg5NDEyMjM1NQ
[twitter]Final thoughts: In the words of @MusicEdTech: “Teach Music: The Technology Will Follow.”
[twitter]Wrapping up my session on blogging, here! Thanks so much for participating with me![/twitter]
Music Teacher 2.0 Blogging Your Way to a Better Classroom
Music Teacher 2.0 Blogging Your Way to a Better Classroom
Before We Begin… Session Materials: http://musicedmajor.net/time11 Audio Podcast-available afterwards On Twitter? Use #time11 for discussion! Not on Twitter yet? Just text to “40404” Questions? Ask away! Now… take out your phones!
What IS Blogging, Anyway? Blog – A journal written online and accessible to users of the internet Blog – An online, regularly updated journal or newsletter that is readily accessible to the general public by virtue of being posted on a website Blog - A website where entries are written in chronological order and commonly displayed in reverse chronological order
What IS Blogging, Anyway? A blog is a tool for content creation and sharing. In other words, a blog is… A Teaching Tool! Blogging can very easily help you create a better music classroom.
A “Better Music Classroom” Characteristics of a good music classroom: Well-prepared teacher Degrees – Compare Years Professional Development Smoothly-managed program Paperwork Collecting/Spreading of Information Engaged Students! Interested in the material Excited to learn
Well-Prepared Teacher Professional Development As We Know It: Journals/Periodicals In-Service Days Conferences What type of effect do these create? How do we replicate this effect?
Blogging for Professional Development Writing a Blog Share your thoughts/ideas Ask questions – answers via comments Reading Blogs Read others’ thoughts/ideas Help with others’ questions Blogging is Professional Development!
Syndication Examples Blog Syndication Integrated in Blog Platform! FeedBurner – Advanced Features Analytics Email Subscription Adsense Podcast Syndication Blog Integration—Plugins iTunes Integration!
RSS/Syndication Resources OPML – File containing multiple RSS Feeds Import into RSS Reader Music Education OPML Project Web-based RSS Aggregation MusicEdNews.com Professional Development in a Box!
Smoothly Managed Program FACTS Paperwork takes time Some paperwork can be reduced using blogging This doesn’t apply to everything! Blogging can help us distribute information to students and teachers Remember RSS?
Let’s Compare… Trip Itinerary Paper Copy Via Classroom Blog Get parent emails at beginning of year Subscribe them to email RSS Updates Type up itinerary online on blog Click “Publish” 80 emails go out to all the Moms/Dads with your itinerary Type up itinerary in Word Print itinerary Make 80 copies Distribute in class Find 57 on floor after orchestra Of the other 23, only half make it into Mom/Dad’s hands Make 57 copies the next day Find 32 on the floor
Advantages to Using a Blog Environmentally friendly – less copies! 100% Guarantee that parents receive the information Keeps your classroom clean!
Engaged Students FACTS: Students like being knowledgeable Modern Students: Typing > Writing Students probably know more about technology than you And That’s OKAY!
How Do We Harness This? Weekly Reflection Blog General Music – What I learned this week Performing Ensembles – Rehearsal reflection Blog Comments Students comment on each others’ posts Weekly Listening – Post recording, students comment
Twitter: Micro-Blogging Twitter Basics 140-character “Tweets” to followers Don’t need to accept a new follower Replies, Retweets (FWD) Twitter is NOT about telling people what you ate for breakfast! Twitter IS a blogging platform Twitter IS a tool for content creation and sharing. Twitter IS an incredible medium for professional development
Hashtags on Twitter In Twitter lingo… Hashtag = Keyword Hashtags let you search for specific topics Some examples: #followfriday #musiced #mpln #edchat
#MusEdChat on Twitter The Problems: Teachers are Secluded Not many music teachers at each school This makes Professional Development hard! The Solution: #MusEdChat Weekly Twitter Chat on Music Education